Underage DUI In Florida
The legal drinking age in Florida is 21, and the state makes no exceptions to this rule. Although this law has been in place for decades, it doesn’t seem to stop underage people from drinking. Getting charged with underaged drinking is nothing to take lightly, but getting charged with an underage DUI is even more serious.
For everyone 21 and older, the legal BAC driving limit is .08%, but the limit for everyone under 21 is .02%. When an officer thinks a driver might be driving under the influence, they can pull the driver over and ask for a BAC test.
Because of Florida’s implied consent laws, if an underage driver refuses to take a BAC test their license can be suspended for a year. Once a driver is detained, they have 10 days to file a petition for a hearing.
Drivers can get a temporary driving permit, that is valid for 10 days. To get a temporary permit, drivers need to file for an administrative review hearing. This hearing can have a big impact on the driver’s ability to get a valid license, so having a DUI lawyer at this point is ideal.
The first time a driver gets convicted of an underage DUI they can be fined up to $2,000, have their license suspended for 6 months, and may serve jail time. For a second conviction they can spend a year in jail, be fined $4,000 and have their license suspended for a year.
In addition to penalties from the state, insurance companies can raise driver’s premium or cancel the policy entirely.